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October 9, 2009

Soil conservation projects funded

The areas hardest hit by February’s ice storm are now being cleaned up. Rowan County Fiscal Court asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service for an emergency watershed project agreement for funding.

“I know Jimmy Lyons who works for the Federal Soil Conservation who said funding would be available,” said Magistrate for District 4 Nick Caudill. “I told the other fiscal court members about the funding that would be available from soil conservation. They approved of the soil conservation projects and the funding.”

Caudill met with Lyons and Soil Conservation officials to make an agreement with them concerning the cleanup and the funding.

“We have agreed to clean up the debris from the creeks,” he said. “Then the Soil Conservation Service will give us $72,969. It is a 75 percent/25 percent matching grant. The fiscal court must come up with $18,242.25 for the project.”

Most of the court’s matching grant funds derived from the use of the county’s manpower and equipment, Caudill added.

Projects that are in progress or have already been completed are located at Williams Branch, Little Perry Road creek located behind the Haldeman-Hays Crossing Volunteer Fire Department, Cambpell Branch, Dry Fork and Dry Branch Road.

“It’s a big benefit to property owners and the county,” said Caudill, as he pointed at county workers operating heavy equipment behind the Haldeman-Hays Crossing Volunteer Fire Department. “We are placing 600 tons of stone and pouring concrete on it. We have taken out trash and debris caused by the ice storm.”

Lyons said Rowan County is not the only area of Kentucky receiving grants like this.

“The state is giving out $18 million worth of grants across the states for projects like these,” Lyons said. “There are 20 counties total receiving the grants.”

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